MentorPrize recruits quality mentors for non-profit organizations in the Greater Washington area and advocates for more and better mentoring programs. Our communities flourish when people connect through meaningful relationships bound by mutual respect and shared goals.
MentorPrize was established to address the needs of vulnerable children in the Greater Washington DC area by matching them with caring, adult mentors. We recognize that many worthwhile mentoring programs exist in the Washington D.C. area, but nearly all of them struggle to find quality mentors. They often lack the resources and time needed to reach volunteers. About 65% of local mentoring programs report that recruiting mentors is a top challenge for them, according to a recent survey by Deloitte and United Way of the National Capital Area. The survey also found that nearly 60% of the organizations have waiting lists of young people who need mentors but can’t find them. MentorPrize helps its partners sustain their mentoring programs and better serve disadvantaged children in our community by alleviating some of their recruitment burden. In just over one year, we’ve conducted over 25 formal recruitment events at corporations, farmers markets, religious institutions, etc. and received nearly 250 mentor applications.